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Reza Jalali
The USM Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a one-hour "Neighbors Standing Shoulder to Shoulder" community gathering on December 7 to stand together and declare Portland, and Maine, as a hate-free zone.
President Cummings marches in to his formal Installation
200-some student scholars marched along with the faculty who nominated them in a highlight of the formal installation on Dec. 2 of Glenn Cummings as the University of Southern Maine’s 13th president.
University of Southern Maine Youth Ensemble
USM’s School of Music faculty instruct the middle and high school students that make up the youth ensembles. The youth orchestras' recent fall performance was reviewed by the Portland Press Herald.
US Visiting Artist Gina Adams leads a workshop
USM visiting artist Gina Adams recently showed students a variety of methods of painting encaustic -- using pigment and hot wax. The hands-on workshop included several techniques including the basics, relief, and image transfer.
USM's Alex Irvine
Alex Irvine built a career by morphing media: turning movies into books, comic books into games and games back into books. He's about to begin work on a novelization of Marvel's movie of "Doctor Strange," he's writing a game version of the popular TV show, "The Walking Dead" and he's writing a graphic novel history of baseball. That's in his spare time. The English professor — he teaches classes in fiction writing and world masterpieces — is also morphing in his USM job.
Paul Dresher and Joel Davel performing as the Invented Instrument Duo
Paul Dresher is an advisor to USM music and theatre students on their spring project: Molded by the Flow.
Photo of Lorrie Spaulding, coordinator of USM Veterans Services, senior student-veteran Seth Adams and USM President Glenn Cummings on the set of "The USM Update"
USM Veterans Services, Maine's increasing role in the Arctic and the new Recovery Oriented Campus Center are all discussed on the November episode of "The USM Update."
Anju Roy, left, is pictured here during the 2017 Tokyo Kimono Queen Contest
With more than 160 Japanese and foreign participants, USM's Anju Roy made it to the 14 foreign student finalists. "I love the kimono and have a lot of pride for my culture, so when I was offered a chance to represent my school I was very excited! The girls from the other schools, both Japanese and international, were all amazingly beautiful and kind. It was great getting to know them and uphold a piece of Japanese tradition alongside them."
Musical Theater students from USM School of Music
USM’s first-ever Day of Giving campaign raised $1,492,383 million from 583 donors, far exceeding their original goal of $1 million and 450 donors for student scholarships. Included in the scholarship funds raised over the course of the campaign was a gift of $600k to the School of Music from the William Bingham II Trust.

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